VIDEO: Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Watkins Glen Hours after fa - myfoxcarolinas.com

VIDEO: Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Watkins Glen Hours after fatal accident in Canandaigua

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Stewart-Haas Racing Competition Director Greg Zipadelli has just said that Tony Stewart will NOT race in today's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen. Earlier Sunday morning, Zipadelli said that Stewart would race, but that decision has been changed. Regan Smith will race for the team in Stewart's absence.

"It's a difficult time for both parties. This is what we feel is right and we're supporting Tony in it," Zipadelli said at a short press conference just after 10 a.m. at Watkins Glen.

The news comes less than 12 hours after Stewart hit fellow driver Kevin Ward with his vehicle at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night. Ward died from his injuries less than an hour after the accident.

One of Stewart's No. 14 crew members summoned other members to a “meeting” mere minutes after the garage opened around 7 a.m. EST. Soon after, the car was uncovered and race day activities began.

A crew member mentioned a “somber” feeling within the team and added that some personnel arriving this morning had only recently found out about the previous night's events.

The Cheez-It 355 at the Glen started at 1 p.m.

Fox 46 Digital Journalist Kyle McCurry is in Watkins Glen and will have updates throughout the day.

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